Everyone at some point of time, come across a phase when they need a good dose of motivation. I too had faced such a period in my life, when everything seemed to have falling apart. That was the time, started looking towards some books to recollect myself and get started all over again.
Reading books is one of the best habit one can form. Books are available for all the genres, like a science fiction fan can read the best sci fi books online these days.
Here is a list of 9 most impactful Self Improvement Books that everyone should read
1.) Srimad Bhagwad Geeta
Srimad Bhagwad Geeta always tops the chart of Best Self Improvement Books. This marvelous scripture is usually considered only as a religious book. But when I read it for the first time, I could not stop myself from reading it several more times. I personally find it much for than just a spiritual manuscript. There is a science behind every word written in there. So, if you are looking for some answers to questions or wanting to experience personal growth, do consider reading it.
2.) As the Man Thinketh by James Allen
This books brings you closer to a great facts – Thoughts are things. We are what we repeatedly think about. So, if we want to bring anything into reality in our outer world, there has to be a clear blueprint of it in mind first. Just like a plan is created before the structure of any building is bought into existence. A classic – short simple yet powerful manuscript.
3.) The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Now-a-days, I see everyone is aware of Law of Attraction. However, for me, The Secret was the book, which introduced LOA to me. To my surprise, this was the answers to all my questions. My life is changed from right there. Although, both the above mentioned books, indirectly points towards LOA, but this book gave a clear picture of it.
4.) The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
This is another gemstone by Rhonda Byrne. In this book, there are 28 gratitude practices to be followed for 28 days. Before I read this book, I was grateful about my life and wonderful things in my life and was apprehensive that how reading a book can make me feel more grateful; but upon reading I realized that there are thousands of things in life, which we are gifted to us. And another great thing about this book is that when we shift our focus towards finding things, we are grateful for; we tend to forget what we are lacking in our lives. This is where a shift in our life begins. I am grateful that I found this book.
5.) The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
The book is in the form of a fable with influential metaphor that will help you to realize your dreams and overcome any obstacles in your path. It is an easy to read and highly expressive Self Improvement Book. Over the course of the book, there are people and situations that provide wisdom, truth, and even hardship. If you are looking for motivation to chase a big dream, please, read this book. Book is also full of inspiring quotes that would stimulate your nerves while you read it. It is a masterpiece by Poulo Coehlo.
6.) Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey
A practical guide with easy to follow instructions. Whether you are an individual wanting personal growth or an entrepreneur who needs powerful guidance to run a business. This book is just the best Learn to “put first things first”, “begin with the end in mind” and effective time management. This book is a classic in management and leadership literature.
7.) Who moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson
This one is amazing; Short and Crisp. A Very little yet an effective book. In this book, author is trying to help the readers to meritoriously deal with the changes in life and workplace. It is a small book, that can be finished in one go.
8.) You can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay
The name says it all. And trust me, you don’t need to be ill to read this book. This book talks about how our emotions affect our life. If we are facing any trouble today, that’s probably due to the past emotions stored in our subconscious mind. It’s a good read to help you change the perspective towards life and the people around you.
9.) The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right! That is all, this book explains. Once you start reading it, you won’t stop until you finish it. This is an engaging book, which compels you to start thinking bigger than what you think right now. Our potential is limited by our thinking.
But the bottom line is no matter how many personal development and self-help books you read, real transformation occurs when you act on them.
These are the 9 most impactful self improvement books everyone should read (amongst many more) that I admire. Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse of the greatest self improvement books of all times; expand your library and enjoy a deeper dive into any (or all) of this extraordinary collection. Happy reading!
Ravish ManiNovember 14, 2017 at 8:58 pm
Good choice, Jais. It seems we have similar tastes 🙂
JaisNovember 16, 2017 at 3:05 pm
Thanks Ravish 🙂
Under Flowery SkyMay 20, 2019 at 8:26 pm
Thanks for the suggestions. I love The Seven habits.
shalooMay 29, 2019 at 4:05 pm
Srimad Bhagvad Gita tops my list too. I love the detailed explanations given by Srila Prabhupada. Rhonda Byrne’s books also had a profound effect on me. Another book that I will like to mention here is ‘The seven spiritual laws of success’ by Deepak Chopra.
JaisMay 30, 2019 at 2:23 pm
I ll sure read The seven spiritual laws of success’ by Deepak Chopra and make addition to the post. Thanks for your inputs.
Joe @ Mini RichesNovember 23, 2020 at 9:49 pm
I have The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People on Audible. Maybe I’ll find the 13 hours and 4 minutes to listen to is sometime soon! I also recommend Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek.
JamieDecember 2, 2020 at 9:38 pm
Thank you for sharing these great books! I have only read 7 habits and Who Moved My Cheese, both great, but I need to read the others now. Thanks for sharing!
KimJuly 30, 2022 at 7:41 pm
I am currently doing yoga teacher training and they mention the Bhagavad Gita in the training. The Alchemist also sounds wonderful
LashuntaJuly 31, 2022 at 2:35 am
Very nice list. I read “who moved my cheese” and I enjoyed it a lot. I will need to check out some others on your list.
DominiqueJuly 31, 2022 at 5:46 am
Number 6 seems like a superb read. Thank you for putting together this list.